PALIO DI SIENA JULY AND AU­GUST

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This is not your typ­i­cal day at the races. Twice a year Italy’s most fa­mous horse race takes place in the Pi­azza del Campo, Siena. Lo­cal districts com­pete to win the es­teemed drap­pel­lone, a large drape. The race is a ferocious af­fair with no rules: a horse can be vic­to­ri­ous without a jockey pro­vided it’s still sport­ing its district’s colours (a feather on its head). Ac­cess is free but it gets ex­tremely crowded and there are no on-site fa­cil­i­ties. To see it in comfort, ask at nearby cof­fee shops for tick­ets to the bal­conies of the pri­vate houses around the square: ex­pect to pay in ex­cess of £200.

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